Do you find antiheroes and flawed, conflicted or damaged protagonists intriguing?
Are you attracted to stories that resist the easy certainty of happy endings and neat resolutions?
Do you suspect that human psychology and motivations are more twisted and disturbed than many people are willing to admit?
Then Neo Noir is probably the genre you should be writing - and you need to know more about it.
Neo Noirs are an identifiable body of stories which show us that our deepest nature - and, by extension, the world we live in - is darker than we'd ever imagined.
Inspired by the themes of classic Film Noir, these stories push the genre's envelope to show us the dangerous, self-damaging side of human nature.
They also reveal the flaws in our institutions and places of work which enable it to flourish, making the genre a useful vehicle for social commentary.
Breaking Bad, Nightcrawler, Dirty Pretty Things, Mad Men and Memento all have strong Neo-Noir elements.
And strong Scandinavian, German and even Egyptian Neo Noir has shown that the genre is applicable to a wide range of societies and circumstances.
This seminar unpacks the genre to find the ideas that make it tick, and shows how these can be applied to make great new stories.
We'll focus particularly on the way in which the genre deals with sexuality, gender and female protagonists.
We'll watch entertaining and inspiring clips which illustrate each important element of the genre.
Fun and interesting exercises will help you to create the elements of your own Neo-Noir story, ending the process with a basic outline.
NEO NOIR FACEBOOK GROUP
You'll be meeting some like-minded people on the workshop, and it seems artificial to limit the interactions to a single day.
So we'll be creating a special Facebook group for attendees where we can share links, documents and images before and afterwards - and maybe find people to collaborate with on projects.
BECTU Head Office
373-377 Clapham Road
London SW9 9BT
Wednesday January 31 2018
Workshop Starts: 10.15am
Workshop Ends: 5.00pm
£99 (concessions £89)
BECTU members £80
EARLYBIRD RATE - BOOK BY JANUARY 15
£85 (concessions £75)
BECTU members £68
We offer a lower rate to all concession holders as well as to members of these affiliated organisations. If you are a member of one of these organisations, please book at the concessionary rate and show your membership card to the course tutor at registration.
Email or phone: 020 8455 6166
Ian Long is an experienced writer and script editor.